Career Advice

Advice to Graduates: Develop Your Presentation Skills

19 Jun , 2018  

It is graduation week here at Northwestern. On Friday, several hundred Kellogg MBA students will walk across the stage and receive their degrees. There will be speeches and hugs and celebrations— it’s a fun time of the year. Soon enough, the graduates will get to work. Some will start in a week or two, while […]

Brands in the News

Drop the Fifth Third Brand!

23 May , 2018  

Yesterday Fifth Third Bank announced that it would be acquiring MB Financial Bank. The move gives Cincinnati-based Fifth Third an opportunity to do something it should have done a long time ago – drop its ridiculous brand name. The combined institution should become MB Financial Bank or adopt a completely new name. Every once in […]

Brands in the News

Budweiser’s Smart New Product

10 May , 2018  

Last week, Budweiser announced that it will be introducing a limited-edition beer this summer called Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The beer was apparently inspired by a recipe that George Washington wrote in his journal in 1757. Is this a good idea? Absolutely. Budweiser is a famous but troubled brand. Consumption has fallen steadily over […]

Brands in the News

Bill Cosby: A Predator and Savvy Brand Builder

1 May , 2018  

This week I wrote about the Bill Cosby brand. He was a master brand builder, and used his remarkable brand to cover for his predatory behavior. Brands are powerful and can be used for good and evil. You can read the article here: http://fortune.com/2018/04/30/bill-cosby-rape-sexual-assault-trial-jail/

Defense

IAG’s Brilliant Defense

13 Apr , 2018  

When it comes to building a strong, enduring business, it is impossible to over-emphasize defensive strategy. You have to protect your business. Airline giant IAG’s move to acquire Norwegian is a perfect example of defensive strategy at work. Defensive Strategy One of the few certainties in the world is that if you have a strong, […]

Presenting

The Great Book Publishing Question: Self-Publish or Use a Traditional Firm?

2 Apr , 2018  

This September I’ll be releasing my latest book—a guide to creating strong business presentations. You can read more about the project here. Anyone who has written a book knows one of the big questions these days is how to publish. Should you work with a traditional publisher? Self-publish? Some combination? Over the past several months, I’ve […]

Brands in the News

Why Marine Le Pen’s Rebranding Won’t Work

20 Mar , 2018  

Last week, French politician Marine Le Pen announced that she wanted to rebrand her political party. Going forward, the National Front (NF) party would be known as Rassemblement National—or National Rally. Le Pen suggested the move in order to generate publicity and, more important, broaden support following her electoral loss to Emmanuel Macron. The NF’s Problem […]

Presenting

My Next Project: A Book on Business Presenting

6 Mar , 2018  

Now that this year’s Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review is done and my winter quarter classes are in the home stretch, I am shifting my focus to my next big project: I am writing a book on creating powerful business presentations. Three Insights There are three insights driving this project. First, business presentations are critically important for organizations. […]

Brands in the News

Saving SeaWorld

27 Feb , 2018  

It is hard to imagine a brand that has taken more hits than SeaWorld. The company operates twelve theme parks in the United States and is best known for its spectacular shows featuring killer whales, including the star of the show, Shamu. For many years, parents and kids have delighted in the remarkable parks, marveling […]

Super Bowl Ads

The Kellogg Super Bowl Ad Review: 2018 Results

6 Feb , 2018  

The Super Bowl remains marketing’s biggest event. Nothing comes even close in terms of reach, attention and price. Once again this year, a panel of MBA students gathered at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management to strategically evaluate the Super Bowl ads. The group hunkered down to assess the ads for effectiveness—not just entertainment—with a critical question […]